UN report on Iran a "big deal"
November 8th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

UN report on Iran a "big deal"

The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a critical report Tuesday saying that it has "serious concerns" about Iran's nuclear program and has obtained "credible" information that the Islamic republic may be developing nuclear weapons.

The IAEA report, the most detailed to date on the Iranian program's military scope, found no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known.

"The agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," the report said. "After assessing carefully and critically the extensive information available to it, the agency finds the information to be, overall, credible. The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the report had just arrived and refrained from commenting on details at an afternoon briefing. But a senior U.S. official called the report "a big deal."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the report a sham.

"The Americans have fabricated a stack of papers and he keeps speaking about them," he said on state-run Press TV.

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Filed under: Ahmadinejad • Arms Control • IAEA • Intelligence • Iran • Nuclear • United Nations
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  1. bob

    they should just kill all Ahmadinejad and the others before they become a world power, real quick so the next one knows what will happen if they build that stuff

    November 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  2. swpz

    Oh it's a big deal alright; if Iran ever got a nuke America would have to turn their bullying antics to another country since this one can defend itself.

    Just like when Russia sold them S300 missiles... oh the horror they can shoot your aircraft down now. Not so much of a one sided fight anymore...

    Violence only begets more violence, maybe should realize this and stop using violence and or threats of violence to achieve possibly nefarious means.

    This is the 21st century... not the dark ages.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:22 am | Reply
  3. Randall

    Iraq WMD Deja Vu....

    November 9, 2011 at 12:36 am | Reply

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